Brownstein reports on his interview here.
Obama's views on bipartisanship are pretty remarkable for this day and age. I've constantly been frustrated by his lack of aggressiveness only for him to have come out victorious in his steady long vision approach.
Yet while promising to continue to seek peace with congressional Republicans, Obama also made clear he's prepared for the alternative. "I am an eternal optimist [but] that doesn't mean I'm a sap," he said pointedly. "So my goal is to assume the best but prepare for a whole range of different possibilities in terms of how Congress reacts."